If you like seventies punk rock, you will like Amyl and the Sniffers from Melbourne, Australia. Lead singer Amy Taylor says, “We call it pub punk because we spend a lot of time in the pub”. It’s loud, fast, and noisy. Read about the band at NME. Here’s a quote from the article:
The Aussie four-piece party hard, but, somehow, play even harder. They’ve become an unmissable live prospect, resurrecting the energy of the snotty, trashy punks of years past. The result? Riotous gigs at which you might end up bruised or spat on, but you’ll probably have the night of your life.
When NME meets them, midway through their UK tour, they’ve already been leaving chaos in their wake. Shortly after arriving in London, a gobby pre-teen shouted at Amy, calling her “ugly”; in response, she offered to fight him and delivered a stinging putdown: “Fuck you mate – bet you’ve never even had a blowy”.
Here is the video for “Got You” from their debut album.
Of course when you think about the band name, you think of amyl nitrite, and when you think about that, you think about this scene from Léon: The Professional featuring Gary Oldman at his utmost creepiest.
Now go by the album and watch Léon again.
This is what Australia thinks about Americans and Guns
Comedian Jim Jefferies riffs on Americans and how they love their guns, via Vox:
You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.
I am an old man and I’ve been listening to rock ‘n roll bands since I was twelve. How is it that only about a month or so ago I heard of Radio Birdman – a great punk band from Australia that put out so many great songs? I have no idea. Neither do my pals Zippy and Gorby, or my rocker friends Rob and Shane. And we thought we knew our shit! sigh…
I found out about the band via Tulip Frenzy, and I am very grateful (So are Zippy and Gorby).
So this edition of Friday Night Videos is devoted to a band that you, if you were clueless like me, have never heard of. Note: they put out there music from ’74 – ’78, so there are no official videos.
Let’s start with “Hand of Law”
…and then “Aloha Steve and Danno”,
…and here’s a real treat – a live performance from 1977 recorded at the Marryatville Hotel (which appears to have turned into something very different than what it was in 1977). Four songs: “What Gives”, “search and Destroy”, “Burn My Eye”, and “Descent into the Maelstrom” plus some band interviews between songs. Turn it UP!
What the hell, let’s throw in an encore. It could be the best… “New Race” live.